Resources

Our resources page is designed to provide excellent information and to help teachers plan for an Africa Day or Africa Week event in their school. As we have travelled around different schools we have been impressed by the amazing work and effort that teachers make to bring the spirit of Africa into the classroom. We hope that by bringing some of these ideas together, along with the links for support materials, it will make planning your event easier. Please email your comments or suggestions and we will add them to our website.

  1. Make a string of African flags to hang across your classroom or school hall.  Different classes could concentrate on West Africa, East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa and South Africa. Colouring Book of Flags
  2. Select a different African country for each class in the school and make a display to share with the other classes.
  3. Make an African market display to demonstrate the types of products and packaging, the use of recycled materials and how small volumes can be bought on a low budget.
  4. Involve the school canteen and make African dishes such as rice and beans with stew, yam chips, fried plantain or rice balls. SOS African recipes
  5. Taste African fruits such as pineapple, mango, coconut, papaya, avocado and watermelon. Make fruit kebabs and have a chocolate fountain with Fairtrade chocolate from Ghana or Cote D’Ivoire. Pa Pa Paa
  6. Discuss what fair trade means; identify African fair trade products and producers Fairtrade Africa. Make fair trade posters or banners; make a fair trade necklace by rolling recycled paper beads and an air-dry clay pendant with the Fairtrade logo; make a clay pot and decorate with Fairtrade products; play memory game ‘I packed my suitcase’ but use ‘I packed my trolley’ and think of Fairtrade products from A to Z.
  7. Listen to different examples of African music; traditional drumming, highlife and reggae.  CBBC Newsround has a Music of Africa Clickable Map.
  8. Make African musical instruments.  Shakers; fill plastic cups or tin jars with rice or barley, seal and decorate with coloured electrical tape.  Make African tambourine, dumbek drum and djembe drum
  9. Drama, act out an African story such as Handa’s Surprise.  Have a basket of fruits (plastic, real or make with papier-mâché) and make animal masks for the children to wear (mask templates at SparkleBox).
  10. Play African games and learn African songs and chants; CanTeach, ChildFun
  11. Learn an African dance or do exercise to African music.
  12. Hold a class or whole school African quiz; Newsround Africa quizzes
  13. Make model African huts using wide cardboard tubes (or use clay) and cones for the roof.  Add raffia or twigs for the thatch.  Paint the walls with African animals or symbols.
  14. Make a model African village or compound.  Use a large sheet of cardboard as the base, use papier-mâché to mould hills, rocks, river banks etc.  Make huts as above and arrange in a small circle, join together with cardboard walls to make a compound.  Include a well or borehole, washroom and toilet (pit-latrine).  Make fence for the garden using corrugated cardboard and tissue for the vegetables.  Use air-dry clay to make village accessories such as buckets, pots, fire wood, drums, fruits and vegetables.
  15. Adinkra symbols from Ghana are excellent for printing art activities; list of symbols, PBS Kids. Make Adinkra symbols by cutting out from thick foam clothes and sticking to a wood block or piece of cardboard or use small sponge scourers. You can make excellent stamps by using thick twine glued into the symbol shape on cardboard or potato stamps.
  16. Make African masks using paper plates, cardboard, plastic milk bottles, papier-mâché or clay. Mask information and templates see Artyfactory.
  17. Make an African Tutsi basket
  18. Make your own Kente cloth by weaving paper or make cardboard looms and weave with coloured wool. Kente weaving for kids.
  19. Read African story books, Delightful Children’s Books
  20. Dress up in African clothes for the day.